Top 4 Reasons Thanksgiving is the best in Cape May

Cape May is not just a summer destination anymore, Cape May is ready to welcome visitors year-round and if you are looking for a Thanksgiving retreat, this can be your home for a few days. We have plenty of rental availability and many great restaurants are still open. Below is a highlight of why to choose Cape May this holiday.

  1. Cheaper accommodation

During the off-season the price for accommodation drops substantially. It’s 50% less than the summer prime weeks and if you cannot stay a full week, owners are also accepting a 2 -3-night stay. You can enjoy the perks and avoid the summer crowds.

2.Free parking

The meters have officially stopped (except behind the mall area) so parking is now free! It’s so much easier to find a spot and you don’t have to drive around for about 20 minutes. You can park next to the restaurants and shops!

3.Easier access to restaurants

If you’ve been to the shore during summer months, you know you need to make a reservation a week in advance! Well, not this time of the year. You can get a table a few days in advance, or the day of. Sometimes reservations are not even needed, and walk-ins are welcome.

4. Great restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

If you don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving, there are so many great restaurants in Cape May that offer dinners.  You will still find a traditional menu including turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans casserole and cranberry sauce, but you will also find fresh seafood. Afterall, you are in one of the best shore towns. Below you can see a few restaurants that offer a buffet or a fixed menu. We would recommend making a reservation now.

  • Blue Pig – offers a three-course dinner and includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $45 per person. You can see their menu here.
  • Ballroom in Congress Hall – Every year they offer a buffet dinner and the seating starts 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. For adults the ticket is $45+ and for children (ages 3-12) is $19+.
  • Ebbitt Room – They offer a 3-course dinner (appetizer, entrée and dessert) and it’s $65 per person. If you don’t want turkey, you can choose the duck breast instead.
  • Washington Inn – Their seating starts at 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm and they have a special menu and you can choose whatever you want.  You can see their menu here. If you want to eat in the comfort of your home, they also have a Thanksgiving Feast To Go. The dinner to go serves 12 people for a price of $349 plus tax, and it’s prepared by the Washington Inn and Lucky Bones.
  • Peter Shields Inn – offers a 3-course dinner and the price per adult is $65 and for the children it is $35.00. They have a great menu with a fantastic ocean view… it doesn’t get better than this.

A great way to give thanks this Thanksgiving is by joining Operation Fireside. This operation will allow you to host Coast Guard recruits for Thanksgiving dinner, so they can enjoy a home cooked meal and relax from their hard training. They are not allowed to spend time or see their own families for the holiday due to the negative impact on their training, so hosting them is the best gift for them.

Whether you are looking for a 2-3 nights stay or for a week, contact our rental department now at 609.884.1888 to book your holiday stay! You can also book online if you’d like and our entire inventory is HERE.

48 Hours in Cape May

Cape May is the Nation’s oldest seaside resort, hosting vacationers for more than 200 years.  Cape May is   known for its grand Victorian homes. If this corner of heaven isn’t’ on your bucket list it will for sure be on there now. This is the perfect time to drive all the way to Exit Zero on the Garden State Parkway come for a romantic weekend getaway or maybe a girl’s weekend.

 

 

Day one – Friday

One of the best places for brunch in Cape May is The Mad Batter.  The Mad Batter sits on historic Jackson Street, The Mad Batter has been the recipient of many critically acclaimed awards. You should try their amazing Grilled Chicken and Avocado Pita, served with a unique apple cranberry almond coleslaw.

 

 

After your bellies are happy and full, take a stroll along the Washington Street Mall. It’s a 3-block pedestrian strip with clothing stores, toy stores, candy, ice-cream and souvenir shops.  The Mall starts on Perry street and ends at Ocean street. For more shops, you should also check out the Carpenter Lane. If you are a Peanut Butter lover, you must try the Peanut Butter store for their wide selection and they even have fresh homemade dog treats and snacks.

 

 

For a great end of your first day in Cape May, head over to Willow Creek Farm and Winery. They have Fire Pit Fridays with live music featuring local musicians and it starts at 6:00 pm. If you are hungry, they have an exceptional Tapas menu that is designed for pairing with their wines.

 

 

Day Two – Saturday

 

Start your day with one of the best breakfasts in town served at George’s Place, 301 Beach Avenue.  Reservations are not accepted for breakfast or lunch, but this time of the year you shouldn’t have a problem getting a table. This place is so famous that during the summer, the waiting line is LONG and the waiting time is about 1 hour or more. Their Banana French Toast is exceptional and is our favorite, but no matter what you order, you will not be disappointed.  Also keep in mind they are cash only.

 

 

A must see is the Cape May lighthouse built in 1859. The tower is the third documented lighthouse and has been an aid-to-navigation for mariners and attraction for visitors for centuries. It’s been open to the public since 1988 and has greeted millions of tourists. If you choose to climb, there are only 199 steps to the top and the view is totally worth the effort. The view extends to Cape May City, Wildwood to the North, Cape May Point, on a clear day Cape Henlopen, Delaware to the west.  If you choose not to climb, the old oil House on the grounds contains a Visitors Orientation Center and a Museum shop. There are several trails around that lead to ponds, dunes and marshes where you can spot birds and other wildlife.

 

 

After doing your steps for the day by climbing to the top of the lighthouses refuel and rest at the famous Lobster House. If you are a seafood lover, this is a must stop. They are open year-round and their dining rooms have a fun nautical atmosphere. Their commercial fishing fleet offloads and ships millions of pounds of seafood yearly and much of the fresh seafood is served in their restaurant. They have indoor and outdoor seating with its own individual menu.

 

 

For dinner head over to Blue Big Tavern in Congress Hall. It’s a fun rustic dining room in a 200+ years old hotel. They are also farm to table so the produce is picked up daily from the Beach Plum Farm. To end the night, you can go at the Brown Room or Boiler Room, both of them are located in the same hotel and are serving amazing drinks and they also have live music.

 

 

 

Day three – Sunday

A few hours left in this beautiful Victorian town but still so much to see and do.

The sunrise in Cape May is one of the best, and if you haven’t seen it already, we would recommend wake up bright and early, grab a blanket and head over to the beach.

 

After sunrise, grab breakfast at another popular spot in Cape May, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. They serve over 15 different types of pancakes, waffles, French toast, and omelets.  They have so many options and the serving size is big!

 

 

After you are fueled up, explore Cape May on two wheels. If you didn’t bring your own bicycle, there are a few places in Cape May where you can rent one.  Start with a tour of Cape May and then head over to Sunset Beach in Cape May Point. You can bike around the lighthouse and on the way back, stop at Beach Plum Farm. You can have lunch there or you can just walk around for a self-guided tour of the farm. You can see where they grow all their produce, visit the animals and you can even feed the chickens! They also have a store in their main barn worth checking out. If you haven’t bought a souvenir yet, pick something up from their rustic and fun store!

 

 

 

Our rental inventory is constantly growing with beautiful, cozy and modern homes. If you love the Victorian décor, we have plenty of options for you to rent too. If you want to come for a weekend or a week, now is the time to book! The prices are affordable for any budget. Don’t be fooled by the cold weather, there are still so many great things to do around town, you will not get bored! Give us a call now at 609.884.1888 and we can set you up with the best rental in town.  By the way Homestead is the ONLY real estate agency on the Island that does not charge you for the privilege of using a credit card to book your reservation.  We are also the ONLY agency that has our very own linen service, so you don’t have to worry about packing for your weekend getaway.

Where to stay and what to do this October in Cape May

The temperatures are crisp and it’s time to bring out the sweaters and boots! The stores are beautifully decorated in fall colors and the festivals are in full swing!

 

 

 

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, we do have short term rentals in our inventory, and if you are not ready to go back to work after a long weekend, you are more than welcome to stay for a week or even for a month! Winter rentals and long term rentals, are becoming more and more popular here in Cape May. If you are considering to possibly buy in the near future and want to try it out first,we can definitely set you up with a perfect long term rental that will give you the opportunity to be a local for a few months. You can check our entire inventory HERE and keep in mind that we are adding new properties to our inventory quite frequently. The newest weekly rental we have is 1005 Pittsburgh Avenue in Cape May and if you are looking for a year round rental, check out our new addition to the inventory! This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms home is lovely and in immaculate condition!

 

 

 

Now it’s time to check out the fall activities going around town!

 

 

Beach Plum Farm fall festival is going on every Saturday through October 27th from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. They have hayrides, pumpkin picking and corn hole for the kids and for adults, Cape May Brewery’s will have local craft brews and cocktails. At night, join them for the popular farm-to-table dinners. The chef uses ingredients harvested that day so they are always fresh and delicious. The dinner is family style and the guest can mingle, share their stories and drinks!

 

 

Starting October 12 until the 31st, register and compete in the 10th Annual Scarecrow contest at the Emlen Physick Estate. You will create your own scarecrow which will reside in the ” Scarecrow Alley” this Halloween season and will be voted on by the Estate’s visitors.

 

 

 

On October 20th, celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 27th Annual Pumpkin festival in Cold Spring Village. The festival starts at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and admission is FREE, and if you could bring a non-perishable food item that would be amazing.  You can go for a hayride through the farm, visit the Corson Gandy Barn haunted house or paint pumpkins and play games all day! If you get hungry, there will be vendors selling hot dogs and other snacks.

 

 

 

Open daily through October, Carroll Gallery Exhibit presents ” Capturing Cape May’s Architecture: The Making of a National Historic Landmark”. You will get to see for the first-time drawings of Cape May’s most significant historic structures that were instrumental in saving the town. The drawings were created in the early 70’s by a team from the Historic American Buildings Survey that enabled Cape May to become a National Historic Landmark and a national tourist destination.

 

 

Whatever your rental needs are we are here to help you! Also, summer might sound far away but now is the perfect time to book your 2019 summer vacation rental. Contact us today and one of our rental agents will be happy to help you.

Early Summer in Cape May

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and we can tell you for sure the town was buzzing with people. A visit to Cape May post Memorial Day, is perfect for those looking for some quiet beach time.

 

 

Around town there are so many great activities and things to do.

Starting Friday, June 1st, the Spring Sidewalk Sale starts at the Washington Street Mall. This is an entire weekend event, so if you cannot make it on Friday, try again on Saturday or Sunday! What else can be better than taking a stroll on the mall and buying Cape May souvenirs?!

 

 

 

If you are a strawberry lover, you must stop over at Wilbraham Park for the anticipated Strawberry Festival. The festivities start at 9:00 am until 5 pm, on Saturday, June 2nd.   You and your family can enjoy strawberries in both edible and non-edible forms.   While there, stop by the Homestead booth and meet our Sales Team!  Get your photo taken at our Giant Strawberry Photo Area.   JUST….in case of rain the rain date is Sunday June 3rd.

 

 

 

On Sunday, June 3rd, Aleathea’s Restaurant is organizing a Champagne Jazz Brunch starting at 10:00 am. While you enjoy a delicious brunch, you will listen to Mary Lou Newman and Sonny Troy perform music from the Great American Songbook. Also, on June 3rd, Cape May Restaurant Week begins! Restaurants around town will have prix fixe delicious set menus at a reduced early season selection. You can make every night of the week a date night.

 

 

 

During the week, wander throughout town and listen to great musicians perform live. On Monday, June 4th, you can listen to Marnie and Nate play at Harry’s Grille and Jon Pruitt will be playing the piano a that Merion Inn, order their twice baked potato mmmm… mmm….. On Tuesday, June 5th, the New York Chamber Ensemble is playing at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. The concert starts at 5 pm and lasts until 8 pm.

 

 

 

On Wednesday, June 6th, the amazing The Honeyhawks play at Harry’s Grille on the deck (great view, great food) and Dean Schneider tinkles the ivories at the Merion Inn. The highlight of the week is on Thursday, June 7th. The Squares (fronted by our Rental Manager Debra Donahue) are playing at Nauti Spirits Distillery from 5:30-8: 30 pm. The Squares play an eclectic mix of originals, covers, with not just a few shenanigans.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, June 9th and Sunday June 10th, take a stroll on the Cape May Promenade for one of the best Promenade Craft Shows. Check out the amazing handmade goods crafted by local artists. If you want a special and unique piece of Cape May, this is the time to get it.

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, June 13, the members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony are having a mini concert at The Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom on Washington Street. Prior to the concert, you can enjoy a delicious tea luncheon and the event also includes a wine tasting by Cape May Winery.

 

 

 

 

Book your early summer vacation NOW. Call the Homestead rental department at 609.884.1888, they will help you find the perfect home!

Memorial Day in Cape May!

Memorial Day is on the horizon and vacationers are looking forward to a 3-day weekend, filled with family events, beach time, and visits to favorite haunts. On this day, though we honor the fallen men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. Memorial Day is the official start of summer, the restaurants and shops are returning to their extended hours!  If you don’t have plans yet, you should visit Cape May – there is much to do and see!

 

 

 

 

On Friday, May 18, take a stroll on Washington Street Mall, the stores are having a spring sidewalk sale. Later in the day, you can stop by at Nauti Spirits Distillery and enjoy one of their amazing cocktails while listening to The Honeyhawks, a local duo who will make your ears happy! Nauti also has tours of the distillery, so be sure to take the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about the distilling process. Also, take a moment to look very closely at their logo…it’s surprising and cool!

 

 

 

Sunday, May 20th, stop by the Cape May Airport Aerodrome in Erma for the Cape May Fringe Film Festival – a new event and venue in our area presenting productions by theatrical companies from Pittsburgh, Cape May, Philadelphia and New Jersey. If you love wine, you can enrich your knowledge of wines during the Cape May Wine School. The event takes place at Washington Inn between 1:00 – 3:00 pm and there is an admission cost.

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, May 23, Thursday May 24th and Friday May 25th, East Lynne Theater Company presents ” A Year in the Trenches” and Cape May Stage presents ” Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” Two great plays that you need to see if you are in town.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, May 26, The Kiwanis Club holds their much-anticipated annual yard sale. The sale starts bright and early at 7:00 am and there will be so many treasures awaiting, you will not leave empty-handed!

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, May 27th, there are so many great musicians playing around town. Here’s a rundown of what’s in store:

Catch “Girls Rock the Vines” at Hawk Haven Vineyard as you sip on one of their delicious wines. Locals musicians Patty Blee, C. Lynne Smith, Lelah Eppenbach and our own Debra Donahue will be performing together throughout the day from 1-7pm with duos, trios and all-out collaborations of rock, folk, blues and bluegrass.

Another great show will take place at Nauti Spirits Distillery where local musician Chris Gillian-Schwartz will be playing, and trust us, you want to go and see him perform live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Memorial Day, Monday the 28th, the City of Cape May and American Legion

Harry Snyder Post 193 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 11:00 am in Cape May Convention Hall. After the ceremony, the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May will launch the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach.  The public is welcomed to attend the ceremonies and honor our Veterans.

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t yet booked your vacation rental, call Homestead at 609.884.1888

and we can help you with that! We still have plenty of openings for getaway weekends and of course, for the SUMMER!

 

 

Cold Weather. Hot Booking Season. Answer Cape May’s Summer Vacation Call!

With an onslaught of nor’easters and a daily, brisk wind, it hasn’t been feeling much like spring here in Cape May. But the reality is that Memorial Day weekend is a mere two months away. As often happens in our mid-Atlantic climate, the weather will likely take a quick turn towards sudden warmth. And with all the precipitation we’ve had this winter; spring is just bound to explode into a sea of bright, lush green. Be patient…it’s coming! Hot on the heels of spring will be summer vacation. Are you ready? Let Homestead help make this year’s Cape May vacation the best ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s Victorian architecture, tranquil beaches, and expansive natural world are all aspects that help set it apart from the numerous vacation destinations that dot the New Jersey coast. We also feature stellar shopping experiences, unique dining establishments, numerous local events, and are a prime wedding destination! There are no shortages of reasons to pay us a visit, and there is no right or wrong place to stay here in town. Homestead has you “covered”, no matter where you might want to call home for your vacation. Let’s take a look at the options…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Proper is likely the place to be if you’ve never vacationed here before. It’s within walking distance to everything, even the beach. It’s that part of town that allows you to park your car when you check in and not move it again until you check out the next week. If “walk score” is important to you, this is where you want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Cape May is a tranquil, residential area of Cape Island that is home to many beautiful rental properties. Because it was developed much later than the historic district, many West Cape May homes are contemporary in style and feature a host of amenities at a valuable price point. If pets will be part of your vacation, you’ll especially want to look to the west end, as the larger properties and often fenced in yards allow for perfect pet friendly retreats. Much of West Cape May is still within walking distance to the center of town, but just be prepared for a bit of a longer stroll, especially to the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s East End: Also known as “Poverty Beach”, the east end of Cape May is technically part of Cape May proper, yet it’s not right in the center of town. Most of its homes are within an easy walking distance though, and the east end is home to sprawling and beautiful homes that are well suited to multi-family vacations. If you’re looking for that “once every few years” type of very special vacation event, this section of town should be on your short list of locales to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Point: The most tranquil of all, Cape May Point is home to the famous Cape May Lighthouse and beautiful Cape May Point State Park. Its natural beaches and lack of businesses (there are only two, including the post office) make for an environment that is a welcome contrast to the bustle and noise of urban and suburban life. Cape May Point is also one of the top birding destinations in the United States, making it a wonderful choice if you are planning a late summer or early autumn vacation. If you’re sights are set on the point, just remember that you’ll need to bike or drive into town. While it’s still on Cape Island, the point is bit out of walking distance to the town center, especially in the heat of summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off/Shore, Bayside: Just off of Cape Island, the Lower Township, bayside area of Cape May County is gaining traction as an attractive vacation destination. It’s about a 5-10 minute drive from the center of town and guarded beaches. But the bay lends its own brand of vacation serenity, including gorgeous sunsets that are unparalleled in the area. The bayside is also residential, quiet, and typically offers a lower price point than homes at the center of the action. Wonderful pet friendly options exist on the bayside as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re looking to reserve your own Cape May vacation, or having fun assisting someone with their planning, remember that the “booking season” is drawing short. Don’t let much more time pass before locking down your first choice of property and rental week(s). It might still be cold, but it’s time to jump on the rental market while the pickings are still hot. So contact Homestead today, and let us lead you to the Cape May vacation of your dreams!

 

 

 

Summer is calling..it’s time to answer.

 

 

 

 

 

Think Spring…But don’t forget about Summer Vacation!

In less than one week, it will be March! Spring really is just around the corner now, and this past week Cape May was treated to a few days of unseasonably pleasant weather. The warmth was a reminder of the season to come, and we hope it has also planted the seed that summer will be here before we know it. Reservations for summer rentals have been flowing in steadily…but there are still plenty of properties that remain available. If you’re thinking about booking, now is the time! It’s likely that you already know most of what’s required to book your Cape May vacation. But if this is your first time reserving, or even if you’re a seasoned renter…here are some of our best tips based on the most frequently asked questions posed to our rental team

 

 

 

1. How many people will be in your party? Sometimes, a property may be capable of sleeping more people than it actually advertises. This is normal, and the occupancy listed is the maximum amount of people that the property owner wishes to have stay in their home. So make sure to pay attention to the occupancy limit and select a property that’s large enough for your party.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Are pets coming with you? Homestead features a variety of pet friendly homes! Despite the occasional exception, “pets” refers almost exclusively to dogs for the purpose of our rentals. Many of our guests require a rental that is pet free, so there are no exceptions made if a property is NOT listed as being pet friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

3. What about Linens? Remember, the homes you will be renting offer bedspreads and pillows…but sheets and towels are almost never included. You can bring them with you if you’d like. But Homestead offers our own linen rental service right here on site…and it’s SO much easier. Add linens to your reservation when you book…or add them later. There’s lots of flexibility and the orders can be fully customized.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Cancellations are no big deal right? Well, yes, and no. If you cancel your reservation you are likely to be out any and all money paid towards it, unless the property re-rents for the cancelled week. And even then, a cancellation penalty applies. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your vacation investment! Homestead offers travel insurance as an option on ALL of our leases, for your convenience. And it’s a great, “Cancel for any Reason” coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Where in Cape May should we Stay? Ah, the fun part! Whether you like to experience a new area each year, or you always return to that same tried and true, favorite part of town…there’s no right or wrong way to do it! Decide if you want to be in Cape May proper (closest to the center of town), West Cape May (residential and peaceful vibe), Cape May Point (natural & tranquil, but further from attractions), or The Bayside (beautiful sunsets, pet friendly beaches, value). If you need help deciding which area is best for you, Homestead is always happy to provide more information.

 

 

 

 

So, as we move into this last weekend of February and eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring…it’s time to get serious about vacation planning. Don’t let it sneak up on you! Relax and reserve now. We’re here to help with each step of the way.

 

 

Homestead’s 2018 Cape May Vacation Guide is HERE!

Happy winter everyone, and Happy New Year! Not feeling so happy about it? Well, with the bitter cold temperatures that have gripped the eastern United States over these past few weeks…we can’t say that we blame you! But here’s the good news…spring is coming, and here at Homestead, January has brought the production of Homestead’s Cape May Vacation Guide! The vacation guide is a longstanding tradition that is exclusive to Homestead’s services, and thanks to the amazing talents of our rental team member, Debra Donahue, this year’s version is THE most colorful, cheerful, and fun copy that we have ever produced. Why should you be interested in Homestead’s vacation guide? Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

 

 

Request a hard copy to be sent to you at no cost (limit 1 please!)

 

 

 

 

It’s FREE: That’s right. The guide is of no charge, and there’s even an electronic, PDF copy available. (and also printable!)

 

 

 

 

It’s Informative: Find out everything you need to know about our rental procedure. From the first inquiry made to our office, to the date you check out and book your vacation for the next year…our guide spells out all aspects of planning and reserving your Cape May vacation.

 

 

 

It’s Comprehensive: The Homestead Vacation Guide is NOT all about Homestead. Rather; there is a multitude of information about Cape May in general. This includes explanations of our town’s fascinating history, things to do while you’re here, and answers to that elusive question of what it is that differentiates Cape May Proper, Cape May Point, West Cape May, and Off-Shore locales.

 

 

 

 

It’s FUN: Check out the section about Homestead’s rental team and put the faces to names, browse through our properties “catalog style” and make notations of your favorites. And if you’re thinking of turning your Cape May vacation into a more permanent situation, you can peruse Homestead’s sales team and read a message from our broker. That way you’ll be outfitted with some preliminary information when the time to buy finally rolls around!

 

 

 

 

It’s colorful: The sunny yellow backdrop of this year’s guide is the perfect base for the fabulous artwork of local artist Jan Bendyna. Homestead has featured Jan’s work before, and this year we are proud to showcase a selection of her Cape May works as part of our guide’s front and back cover. The whimsical, color saturated portrayals of summer are perfect to brighten up the dreariness of the winter season.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, it’s Collectible: Okay, we’re not saying that our guide is going to become a collector’s item, but we do think it’s a fun idea to try and save a copy from each year. Let it serve as part of your Cape May memories, just like the fabulous photos that we’re sure you will be taking when you’re here on vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, the question may be; “isn’t all of this information online?” The answer, of course, is yes. In this day and age, everything is always available online, and we certainly encourage you to visit and explore our fantastic website. But the vacation guide is simply an old fashioned option for viewing new and exciting information. It’s like reading your favorite magazine, home décor catalog, newspaper, etc. There’s just something nice about sitting down, uninterrupted, and browsing the print version of information. That’s the experience we are trying to capture with our guide, and we certainly hope you enjoy it.

 

 
Explore the electronic, PDF version of the guide! (It’s printable, too!)

 

 

 

Request a hard copy to be sent to you at no cost (limit 1 please!)

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Information contained within the 2018 Cape May Vacation Guide is deemed accurate but not guaranteed as of the date production, January 1, 2018. Information is subject to change. Always contact Homestead’s Rental Team for the most accurate information about Homestead rental properties, policies, and procedures. Thank you.

 

 

Thinking about Cape May? Think about Homestead too! Here’s Why…

As we quickly approach mid-October, we hope you’ve had the chance to enjoy some of the wonderful activities that have been taking place in Cape May‘s autumn season. We invite you to revisit our last post for exciting information about fall festivals and Halloween happenings that are continuing throughout the month! It’s truly a wonderful time to be here in Cape May.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the excitement of fall activities, this is always a perfect time of year to look ahead to next summer season. And here at Homestead, we reflect on the summer that has just concluded and discuss ways that we can continue to be the best source in town for your Cape May vacation rental! This coming week, members of our rental team will be attending the Vacation Rental Manager Association’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Homestead consistently attends this event every few years in order to maintain our place among the best in the industry…and we’re excited to see what’s in store this year.

 

 

 

 

 

In a world of ever increasing vacation rental options…why choose a real estate company for your rental? Better yet, why choose Homestead? There are lots of reasons. One, as we mentioned, is that we do strive to employ the latest technology in the industry. But…so do many other outlets. What, then, sets us apart? And why should you stay with us if you are tempted to explore other avenues for rentals? Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

 

Our Full Time Rental Staff: We employ a full time, 5 member staff year round and 6 days per week. That means that someone is always able to assist you. Phone calls are answered, emails are returned promptly, and we really listen to the needs of each of our individual clients and strive to meet those needs accordingly. It’s a level of personal service that does not typically exist when rentals are placed through a private source.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May New Jersey Boat PaintingConsistency: Many of our guests have been renting with us for over 10 years! They may not always rent the same property or time period…but they continue to come back to us. Cultivating and maintaining a base of loyal guests is one of the more important aspects of our business…and we’re proud to say that we have been successful in this task.

 

 

 

 

 

Ease of Payment: While many fantastic things in life are free, we all know that vacations are not…at least not entirely. Homestead offers a wide range of properties tailored to varying budgets. And if you reserve your rental before December 1st, we provide you with a 3 payment plan-a nice convenience especially as the holiday season approaches. We also offer you the ease of making payments with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). And most importantly, Homestead DOES NOT pass credit card fees on to our guests. That’s right…you can pay for your entire reservation with a credit card and you will be charged no additional percentage for doing so. We also offer a travel insurance option for every lease, ensuring that you have the opportunity to protect your vacation investment.

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Advocacy: If needed, we will advocate for YOU, our guest: There are an exhaustive amount of measures in place to ensure that problems do not occur during or before your stay. Nevertheless, the vacation rental industry consists of a variety of “moving parts”, and the occasional snafu may occur. As rental agents, Homestead team members are legal representatives of our property owners…but that does not mean that we neglect the needs of our guests. If there is an issue at your rental property, our property owners know that they need to fix it, and fix it quickly! We work alongside a trusted property management company that helps us to expedite the repair of any problems quickly and efficiently. It’s a level of service that we feel is unmatched.

 

 

 

 

 

Amenities: Homestead’s state-of-the-art office in the center of Cape May has received many compliments from clients, guests, service reps, staff members, etc. But these are all just the icing on the cake, as the Homestead office was not built to be a showplace. Rather; think of it as the home base for your vacation rental. When you’re in town, we’re right around the corner if you need us. Our building also allows for our ultra convenient drive through check-in service, and our valued linen rental program. Need a conference room during your stay? Come here and utilize one of ours. Have a question about Cape May that’s not necessarily related to your property? We have the answer and we’re happy to provide it. If we don’t know, we will find out for you. We’re not just about rentals; we’re about helping you to have an exceptional experience here in Cape May.

 

 

 

 

As you enjoy the fall, look forward to the holidays, and begin to think about your vacation for next summer, keep in mind that if something looks too good to be true…it probably is! Don’t take a chance on your vacation. Remember to book with the company that cares about YOU. Remember to book with Homestead.

 

 

 

Happy autumn! And happy hunting for your 2018 Vacation.

 

 

Hello September! 10 Reasons this is a “Must Visit” Month in Cape May…

Welcome September! It’s no secret that this first day of the ninth month is a favorite among Cape May locals. Everyone loves the buzz of the summer…but the peak season crowds combined with often intense heat & humidity create a longing for a respite. Enter September! With beautiful weather and an even pace…it’s no wonder this month is a local favorite. But it’s not just Cape May natives who should bask in the commencement of the “off-season”, rather; this is also a perfect time of year to visit for a day, weekend, or even a full week. Here are 10 reasons to LOVE September in Cape May…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend: Okay, so have you once again let the summer slide by without taking a vacation? Was your last 3 day weekend the 4th of July? If so, you’re not alone! Summer has always been a “blink and you miss it” kind of season, especially in Cape May. That’s why Labor Day weekend is a great time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the late summer atmosphere. If you’re fortunate to have been granted a 3 day weekend, Cape May is the place to be. We’re the perfect locale for impromptu day-trips. Come enjoy a nice change of scenery before “back to school” and planning for Fall begin to dominate your calendar.

 

 

 

 

Wondrous Weather: Of course there are exceptions, but generally speaking, September features some of the most gorgeous weather of the year here in Cape May. The oppressiveness of midsummer gives way to sun drenched, calm days with crystal blue skies. The air is still quite warm though, and the evenings typically remain balmy-mostly due to the mild autumn waters of the Atlantic. In short, it’s not too hot and not too cold, not yet “crisp”, but no longer scorching. If there’s such a thing as “perfect” weather…September in Cape May is about as close as it gets.

 

 

 

 

The Best of the Beach: Tying in nicely with the beautiful weather is the fact that September on the beach is a wonderful experience. First, the beaches do become FREE after Labor Day and no tags are needed. The crowds also thin out considerably…especially during the week. It’s that time of year when you can get lost in a book by the shoreline and feel as though you are on a private beach. And as mentioned, the water is often still very warm too. We do remind you to be EXTREMELY careful when enjoying the beach in September, as the beach patrol vacates for the season just after Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

Weekday Wanderlust: The lighter crowds of September aren’t just confined to the beach. The inevitable start of the school year has a direct effect on the number of people that are in and about town during the week. But if you DO plan to take a September vacation week, be assured that businesses, restaurants, and attractions are open an average of about 5 days per week. In fact, most remain open 7 days until the end of the month. If a business does choose to close for one or two days per week as the off-season begins, typically those days are Monday and/or Tuesday. Still, you can be certain that your September stroll around Cape May will be met with open doors and plenty of fun.

 

 

 

 

Weekend warriors: Not quite ready to leave the summer behind? Enjoy the fast paced feel of the seashore at its peak? Well, September weekends in Cape May are certainly for you. The lighter crowds of the weekday give way to bustling weekends that are reminiscent of mid July. If you’re here for a full week this month…you’ll truly get the best of both worlds with a quieter “work” week followed by a lively weekend.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wonderland: Cape May is one of our nation’s premiere wedding destinations…and September is a popular (and ideal) month for weddings! It’s impossible to be in town during a September weekend and not come across a wedding party on the beach, in a horse and carriage, on the trolley, or sometimes just strolling through town. Weddings large and small are held throughout town, and they consistently enhance Cape May’s storybook charm. And if you’re planning your own nuptials, this is a fabulous time to shop venues, accommodations, gowns, & gifts.

 

 

 

 

“Wine” down your Summer: Cape May County is home to some of New Jersey’s finest vineyards, including the Cape May Winery, Hawk Haven Winery, and Willow Creek Winery. You should most definitely visit one (or all) of these establishments. From the last of Sangria Sunday’s at Hawk Haven, to exciting events at Willow Creek such as Yoga in the Vines, Wine & Paint, and Fire Pit Fridays (a local favorite)…there’s always something fun happening at one of our hometown wineries.

 

 

 

 

Shop Away the Season: Everyday is a good day for shopping in Cape May…especially when it comes to the unique offerings found throughout the beautiful Washington Street Mall. September brings an extra special shopping experience with the mall’s semi-annual Sidewalk Sale (9/14-9/17/17). You’ll discover bargains you won’t believe on products you can’t find anywhere else! This Labor Day weekend, stroll up to the promenade and experience the “summer send-off Craft Show”. It’s the place to stock up on holiday gifts, home decor, jewelry, and much more. There’s something for everyone, topped off, of course, buy the panoramic view of the Ocean just steps away.

 

 

 

 

Reduced Rates Rule the Month: That’s right…most rental properties experience a significant price reduction now that the prime season has concluded. There’s also far more flexibility for your rental time frame. Enjoy two and three night minimums at many properties, and even stay for a full week without being confined to the Saturday-Saturday summer rental model. The possibilities are endless…all you have to do is ask!

 

 

 

 

Look Forward to Fall Fun: Autumn is a favorite season of many, and it’s time to begin getting excited about it. Cape May is not a place where the seasons are rushed…so don’t expect to see Christmas lights and Santa just yet. What you will find though, is that many homes and businesses will become beautifully decked out for Fall over the next few weeks. There will also be festivals & foliage, golden sunsets and crisp days for birding. It’s all coming up, and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

 

 

 

 

As Labor Day Weekend 2017 descends upon Cape May like a late summer sunset, remember that a new season of fun has just begun. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend, and we sure do hope that we will see you in September!